Hi! I am Julie Benkoski. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1986 with a BSED. My husband and I have been married for 24 years.We have 3 daughters. Our oldest daughter just graduated from the University of Georgia. We also have a dairy farm where the cows are always happy. In my free time, I like traveling, gardening, and music.
My name is Melissa Burke and I am a native of Eatonton, Georgia. This will be my 21st year teaching. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Mental Retardation, my Master's Degree in Interrelated, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College & State University. I have one son, Nick, who is a junior at West Georgia. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy going to sporting events and spending time with my family.
My name is Sara Burrell. I grew up in Mableton, Georgia, but have lived in Eatonton for the past 10 years. My husband, Jonathan, and I have a son named Everett who was born in January 2011. We also have a daughter named Josie who was born in August 2014. I earned my Associates degree from Young Harris College, and then earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. This will be my tenth year teaching. I taught Kindergarten for 3 years and I spent 6 years teaching Second grade, all at Jasper County Primary School. I have been gifted endorsed and served gifted and talented students for the last eight years.
When I'm not teaching, I love to play with my children, garden, read, write, take pictures, camp, and hike. Teaching is my passion, but learning is my hobby. I love to learn new things so I am always exploring and testing new Ideas. I never stop reading! Reading and writing are the keys to all knowledge and learning and we should never stop trying to perfect these skills. I believe they are especially important to Science and Math.
My name is Meredith Crouch. I have lived in Putnam County all my life. I am married to Jay Crouch and we have three children. My mother, Janie Little, taught over 40 years in the Putnam County school system. I taught kindergarten for 14 years. I currently teach third grade math.
My name is Jennifer Harper and live in Bostwick, Georgia. I began my teaching career in 2000. I worked in the Newton County School System prior to coming to Putnam County Elementary School. I am currently teaching 3rd grade Science and Social Studies, and loving every minute of it!
I have been married to my best friend, David Harper, for almost 16 years now. We have two wonderful boys, Will and Jack that keep us extremely busy with baseball and football! We also have three dogs, Bella, Bo, and Shuggie who require lots of attention from us.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. Most weekends are spent at baseball tournaments or hanging out. In my spare time, I like to read, run, and play sports with my boys. We are all huge football fans and spend most Saturdays in the fall watching college football. I am also a huge Alabama fan!
In conclusion, I love my job as a teacher and I truly look forward to coming to work each day. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement on a child’s face when something is accomplished.
My name is Evie Hill. I am a third grade teacher. I am so happy to be teaching in the Putnam County School System. I have been a teacher here for 27 years. Even though I was born in Greene County, I feel like Putnam County is my home as well. I am blessed in that I have three wonderful children and five beautiful grandchildren. I also have a new grandson on the way who will be born in September.
I graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with a certification in Pk-5. Later, I earned a Reading Endorsement while working in Putnam County.
I enjoy teaching. There is never a dull moment, and I learn something new every day!! Children are a blessing, and I became a teacher to help children learn and know they can be successful in anything they choose to do in life.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like walking to exercise, but my favorite thing is dancing!! I also love sports. My dad was a coach and I grew up playing sports. I enjoyed watching my children play and now love attending games watching my grandchildren and students participate. My favorite vacation would be relaxing with family and friends on the beach!!
My name is Brandi Huskins. I am from Rincon, a small town outside of Savannah, Georgia. I am married to my wonderful husband Grayson, and we have one child, Finn, who is two years old and the light of our lives! We have two adorable dogs; Lucia is a chocolate lab and Marley is a golden retriever. This will be my 10th year teaching and my 4th here at PCES. I attended Georgia Southern University, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education. I also attended Armstrong Atlantic University, where I received my Master's Degree. In my spare time, I enjoy running and reading! I can't imagine myself not being a teacher. When I was a little girl, school was my favorite game to play! Teaching isn't a job, it's a passion. I get to watch my students grow and mature as learners, and knowing that I had a part in the process just makes this the best job in the world to me!
I am proud to teach 3rd grade at PCES in Eatonton, the dairy capital of Georgia. This is my 19th year teaching. I earned my B.S. degree and teaching certificate from Georgia College and State University. I received a Master of Arts in Elementary Reading from Nova Southeastern University as well as an Education Specialists degree in Early Literacy and Reading. I grew up in Grayson, a small town northeast of Atlanta. My husband, Rodney, and I now live in Sparta. We are the proud parents of two sons, Laith and Brett, and our daughter, Kaitlyn. We are also blessed with our daughter-in-law, Jesse; son-in-law, Jacob; and three grandsons, Britton, Wyatt, and Lane. I enjoy cooking and gardening, but I love reading and teaching – especially teaching 3rd grade!
My name is Amber Roberts, and I am from Milledgeville, Georgia. I am beginning my seventh year of teaching. In 2008, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education, and in 2013, I received my Gifted Endorsement.
In 2008, I married and moved to Eatonton. We have one daughter, Abigail, who will be four in November. I enjoy spending time with my family, serving in my local church, traveling, and photography. I absolutely love the small town atmosphere and look forward to serving the students here in Putnam County. My greatest passion is teaching. I am thankful for the opportunity to walk through my classroom door each day and fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a teacher.
Hello, my name is Kim Schremmer. This is my 6th year at PCES and my 2nd year teaching 3rd grade Math. It is my belief that all students can learn and my goal is to see every student achieve success and reach their full potential.
When I am not at school you may find me with my beautiful family. My wonderful husband and I have been married 26 years and have 2 handsome boys. We are proud to say that we also become Poppy and Noni to 2 gorgeous little girls. In my free time I love to spend time reading and sitting beside the pool. Church is also a big part of my life. My life verse is, "I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength."
Hello, my name is Sheila Turk. I am very happy to be a part of the Putnam County Elementary School family. I previously taught at Bleckley County Primary School and Northwest Laurens Elementary School. My husband, Charlie, and I live on Lake Oconee in Eatonton. I have three beautiful children, Erin, Blake, and Brittany. I also have two wonderful grandchildren, Aubree and Easton. I graduated from Georgia College and State University and obtained my Master's in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. I am so excited to be here and I believe that we should teach our students to live by the motto, "Work Hard and Dream Big!!"
My name is Becky Wall and I grew up in McRae, Georgia. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Mental Retardation and a Master's Degree in Interrelated Special Education from Georgia College & State University. I am also certified in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching in Putnam County since 1998. I am married and have two children. I enjoy traveling, shopping, and reading. My favorite motto is, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars!"
My name is Stephanie Austin. This is my 19th year of teaching and three of those years were in pre-k. I went to high school in Atlanta, GA. I earned a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University and a Masters degree from Augusta State University. I am married and have three AWESOME children: Precious (23yrs) and twins Lawrence and Lance (19yr olds at Georgia Tech). Some of my favorite things are: grape Kool-Aid, gummy lifesavers, and Bath and Body Works wall flowers. I love animals and have a dog named Rocky and a cat named Kitty.
I was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania located just outside of Pittsburgh. For those football fans, this is the home of Tony Dorset and Mike Ditka. I received my Bachelor's of Arts in Anthropology and Early Childhood Education while attending St. John Fisher College, located in Rochester, New York. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 to escape the cold winters! In 2007, I completed my Master in Education at Western Michigan College (Atlanta Branch).
This will be my 15th year teaching. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Early Intervention, and Fourth Grade. My father was a math teacher and the love of math has been passed on to me. I look forward to the opportunity to continue this love of numbers to my new students this year. I am a Putnam native by marriage. My husband's family is from Putnam, and I have been welcomed with open arms everywhere I go. We have been blessed with our two daughters, Kendele and Ke'Ana.
My name is Titus Dunn, and I am from Eatonton, Georgia. I was that student growing up who caused trouble in my early grades. I played high school football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. I never took my work seriously and did just enough to pass. With that attitude, I failed the high school graduation test and received a certificate of completion.
I developed a different attitude while playing high school sports; never give up. This way of thinking caused me to retake my graduation test. This time I passed and went on to college. I earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Computer Information Science from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Miles, I played football, baseball, and I became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. I decided to take my education seriously. With that same "never give up" attitude, I now teach 4th Grade and hold two Master's Degrees: one in Early Childhood Education and another in Secondary Education. I'm still striving, and I will NEVER GIVE UP!
Hello, I am Patricia Hurt. I have lived in Eatonton all my life, but have gone to many places and there is no place like Eatonton. I am married, have five adult children, and three awesome grandchildren. Two of my daughters are also educators. I received a BS in Middle Grades Education from GC&SU, a Master's from Troy University, and an ED.S along with courses in ED.D program from Argosy University. I also hold Reading and Gifted Endorsements.
Teaching is what I love to do. I have spent over 20 years in the Putnam County School System. My goal is to retire in the future and become a missionary. I believe "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Phillipians 4:13.
My hobbies are taking care of Charles, cooking for Charles, his children, and their children.
My name is Angela Lawson, and I am a native of Eatonton, Georgia. I am a 1999 graduate of Putnam County High School. I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Interrelated Special Education from Georgia College & State University. I am married to Jarvis Lawson, and I have one son, Quaterrious Brundage and two dogs, Roscoe and Bostic. My hobbies are shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family. I believe that any student that is willing to work hard is capable of being successful. As a teacher, my goal is to instill in each student the knowledge they need to help them reach their goals.
My name is Bobbi Jo Mashburn and this is my 5th year teaching at PCES. I currently teach 4th Grade Special Education in Reading and Language Arts. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Special Education. I live here in Eatonton with my husband, Jason and my two daughters, Kinley and Jessi. I enjoy reading and spending time with family on the weekends. I love working with the best staff and students here in Putnam County.
I am Eileen Mays, and this is my 20th year teaching fourth and fifth grade students English/Language Arts. I am a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. I received my Master's and Specialist Degrees from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA and Augusta, GA.
I grew up in Lincolnton, GA, home of the mighty Red Devils and the heart of the Central Savannah River Area. My family and I live in Eatonton. My husband, George, and I have one daughter Jayda, who is 12 years old and a seventh grader at Putnam County Middle School.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching the students of Putnam County. I sincerely believe that the children are our future. We must teach them well and let them lead the way.
I’m excited to be teaching at Putnam Elementary School. I am a native of Siloam, GA and graduated from Greene-Taliaferro Comprehensive High School. I received a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Georgia in Speech and English Education. I am certified in Elementary and Gifted Education and have been teaching 19 years. I spent 10 years teaching gifted elementary in Camden County in St. Marys, GA. Before that, I taught middle and high school in Columbia, Greene, and Clarke Counties. I have been married since 1992 to Tom McClendon and we have four children. Our two older sons are in college( We are a house divided UGA vs. Ga Tech). I have another son in high school and a daughter in elementary school. In addition to teaching, I enjoy singing, traveling, spending time with family, baking, and reading. I enjoy helping others and working with my students to be the best they can be.
I am excited to begin my 3rd year here at PCES! I have been teaching Special Education for 13 years. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Interrelated Special Education and my Master's Degree in Special Education from Georgia Southern University... GO EAGLES!!!
I believe Albert Einstein explained it best, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." I look forward to a great year ahead!
My name is Jodi Pope and I am currently in my 10th year teaching. I have taught 2nd, 4th and 5th grade. I earned my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State University and, I have a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Troy State University.
I am originally from near Columbus and moved to Milledgeville this past summer and I love it here. My husband teaches and coaches at PCHS. I have two step children and a 20 month old daughter.
In my free time I enjoy spending time on the lake with my family and reading
My name is Yvette Staton. I was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Economics at Christopher Newport University. After several years of working and staying at home with children, I returned to school and earned my Elementary Teaching License in North Carolina. I earned both my Masters of Elementary Education and Masters of School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I have taught Kindergarten through fifth grade. This is my fifteenth year of teaching.
I moved to Milledgeville four years ago, due to my husband's new job at GCSU. I have two children who are both in college; one at GCSU and one at West Georgia.
My name is Cammie Branan and I have taught in Putnam County for 15 years. I am a graduate of Georgia College. Teaching has been my passion since I was a little girl when I used to "play school" with my sisters. My favorite thing to do, as a teacher, is to inspire a love of learning in my students. I want them to WANT to learn and continue to learn even when school is done.
I was born in Ohio, but I have lived most of my life in Georgia. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. When I am away from school, I love to watch football and spend time with my family. I am proud to be a part of TEAM PCES!
My name is Courtney Butler. I have a wonderful husband named Brian Butler, a beautiful daughter named Becca, and a beautiful step-daughter named Diana. I'm originally from Donalsonville, Georgia. It is a small town a lot like Eatonton. Donalsonville is located in the very southwest corner of Georgia. I graduated from a small high school called Southwest Georgia Academy. After graduation, I decided to broaden my horizons and head to the University of West Georgia. I knew from the time I was five years old that I wanted to be an educator, so I majored in Early Childhood. Going to college so far away from home turned me into a very outgoing person. After college, I moved to Covington, Georgia, where I taught First Grade for a year. I soon moved to Eatonton and taught First Grade for three more years. I decided to go back and get my Master's Degree in Elementary Reading in 2005 from NOVA Southeastern University. In 2007, I was ready for a change and moved to Third Grade. I taught Third Grade for six years. This year, I was ready for another change, so I decided to try Fifth Grade. I'm really looking forward to a wonderful year. The best thing about teaching is that you learn something new everyday, just like your students. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy going to the beach and exercising.
My favorite quote is, "There are two things you should give your children, one is roots and the other is wings." Author - Unknown
Hi, I'm Jessica Castillo. I have been married for 7 years this November to my high school sweetheart! We have no children, but have two dogs and two cats, whom we treat like children.
I am a PCHS graduate, class of 2002. I have a BS in Early Childhood from the University of West Georgia and a Master's in Early Childhood from the University of Georgia. GO DAWGS!
I am currently entering my 8th year teaching, all of which have been here at Putnam Elementary. I enjoy reading and Starbucks, and any time I can combine the two I do. :) I hope to begin my Doctorate in 2016 and when I “grow up”, I want to teach teachers how to do this wonderful profession that I LOVE.
My name is Ciara Frazzitta and I am teaching 5th grade ELA. This is my tenth year of teaching and all of my experience has been with 4th and 5th grade. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. I have lived in Morgan County for 9 years after spending most of my life in Orlando, Florida. I have 4 children; Dominic is 11 and is in the 6th grade, Draco is 8 and is in the 3rd grade, Brayden is 4 and is in PreK, and my baby girl Cevaya is 2. My free time is spent with my little ones, most of the time at a ball field watching them play football or baseball. I am very excited to be teaching in Putnam County!
My name is Chantel Lewis. I was born in Eatonton, Georgia and I have lived here my entire life. I graduated from Putnam County High School in 1994. I received my Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Georgia College & State University in Middle Grades Education. In 2007, I received my Specialist Degree from NOVA Southeastern University. I was extremely honored to be selected as the 2010-2011 Putnam County School System Teacher of the Year.
I am married to Bobby Lewis, Sr. and we have four amazing boys. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading books, and walking. I became an educator because I know that this is my "calling" in life. I love being a teacher and I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the students that I teach. I desire to touch the lives of children in dynamic ways. Furthermore, I want to instill in all children that nothing is impossible to you if you believe.
My name is Renee Shirah (Pierce); I recently got married in October to my husband Brett Shirah and we live in Covington with our 3 dogs. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education concentrating in Mathematics and Science from the University of West Georgia. I will graduate with my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southern University this May. This is my 5th year teaching; I taught mathematics and science for 4 years at Cousins Middle School in Covington. I made the switch to PCES in hopes of helping bridge the gap between elementary and middle school students. I am very excited to be a part of the Putnam County Charter School system team!
My name is Shekita L. Daniels. I am an only child and the mother to four beautiful daughters. I am a life-long native of Putnam County, so I am no stranger to this county or this school system. I have worked in this system for a combination of 12 years. This is my sixth year as a certified teacher. I spent six years working as a kindergarten paraprofessional.
I completed my requirements for my Associate's Degree in Education at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia in 2006. Later, I transferred to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies in 2008. In August of 2012, I completed the requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Teaching Literacy and Language K-6 from Kaplan University online. My goal is to go back to school to get my Specialist Degree very soon.
My hobbies include reading, singing, and I engage in writing poetry whenever I am inspired. I am currently working on a collection of poetry that I hope to share with the world someday. I love to travel and see the sites that various cities have to offer. I believe in sharing words of wisdom with people whenever the opportunity presents itself. I became an educator because I wanted to effect change, in a positive manner, in the lives of the youth of this community. I believe that knowledge truly is POWER. It is the one thing that, once acquired, cannot be taken away. Acquiring knowledge is a life-long process and it belongs to only those that chose to seek it.
Hello! My name is Martha Beasley. I am a 5th Grade Paraprofessional here at Putnam County Elementary School. I have no always worked in the 5th Grade classes. I started out in Kindergarten, moved to the Media Center after 13 years, and now, here I am! Still learning, still growing, and still loving it! Things I enjoy are: reading, writing, the outdoors, singing hymns, walking, cooking, decorating, visiting the nursing home, painting, and just about everything except shopping. I just don't do well with shopping at all. For almost 24 years, I have been working in the Putnam County Charter School System and for me, I receive no greater joy than working in a place of love and encouragement. This is a basis for creativity. My most favorite thing is being creative. I like to take from the things I see and feel. I put my thoughts and ideas into it, adjust it a little bit, and guess what? Something I never imagined. How are you at being creative?
My name is Nequania Carter, I am from Miledgeville, Ga. I have three beautiful girls and a husband. Becoming a teacher is my goal. I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing and watching Food Network. I am currently an active member at Bethlehem Baptist Church, where I participate in the choir program and the youth program. My favorite motto is LIVE,LAUGH,LOVE. Not only is it my favorite motto, but I live by it!
Hi, I'm Janay Dennis. I am from Milledgeville, Georgia and still live there with my husband, Delando. We have two beautiful daughters, Tamya, who will be entering 7th grade at GMC this year, and Kalia, who will be entering the 3rd grade at PCES. I am a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School in Baldwin County. This is my first year at Putnam County Elementary School. Before coming to PCES, I was a para at the Early Learning Center in Baldwin County, and before that I worked as Lead Teacher in the one-year-old room at Little Caterpillars Development Center for 10 years. I love what I do and I am very excited to begin my journey at PCES!
My name is Cameron Harper and I'm a native of Putnam County. I am a graduate of Putnam County High School, class of 2011. I am the only child, but I have people that I consider brothers and sisters. I'm currently working at PCES. I love my students and what I do. I enjoy spending time with family, reading, being outdoors, and riding four-wheelers.
My motto is: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13
My name is Allison Raulerson. I grew up in Thomaston, Georgia and graduated from Upson County High School. I have lived in Eatonton for 20 years. I am married and have one daughter. I graduated from Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia. I attended Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. I served in the United States Air Force Reserves. Spending time with family and friends is my favorite pastime.
I was born in Germany and raised in Colombia, South America until the age of six. I moved to Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas, Germany (Air Force duty), and finally Georgia. I became a Naturalized citizen at the age of 18. I have been living in Georgia since 1984 when I returned from Germany. My husband and I have been married for thirty-eight years. We have two children and four grandbabies. This is my twenty-fifth year in education. I love woodworking (building furniture), decorating, and spending time with our grandchildren. I enjoy co-teaching children. I came over from the middle school where I spent thirteen years teaching 6th grade. I am currently co-teaching in third grade with Nita Reagin.
My name is Beth Griffith. This is my 27th year of teaching and 24 years here in Putnam County. I am originally from Washington County, but now consider Putnam County my home. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and received a Master's and six year degree from Mercer University. I currently teach Reading to 4th and 5th Grade students. I love watching students learn reading strategies to make them more successful readers.
My husband is Powell Griffith, a native of Eatonton. We have three children and love spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Lindsey Hallman attended Georgia College and State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. She later earned her Master's degree at NOVA Southeastern University. She began teaching in Putnam County in 1995. Mrs. Hallman currently teaches in a 3rd grade self-contained classroom. Mrs. Hallman loves spending time with her husband and 2 children. Mrs. Hallman enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Hello, my name is Elisha Roper. I grew up in Jasper, Georgia, and moved to Eatonton in 2004. I have a Master's Degree in Middle Grades Math and Science Education and have been teaching for fourteen years. I enjoy spending time outdoors and have a eclectic range of hobbies. In my free time, I like going junkin', watching movies, playing sports, and spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Pam Tkacik and I grew up in Snellville, Georgia. I graduated from Brookwood High School in 1999. I attended Georgia College & State University, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. This is my 11th year teaching and my 7th year in Putnam. I am married and have three children. My family, my church, and my job are some of my favorite things... I enjoy spending time with my husband and children... cooking, painting, shopping, riding bikes, picnics. I love my church and serving others there as well. One of my favorite quotes is, "Be somebody that makes everybody feel like somebody." - Kid President
My name is Melanie Williams. I have two boys, Zach and Caleb. This is my 18th year teaching. I have taught third and fourth grade and currently, I am the third grade EIP reading teaching. I absolutely love my job! In my spare time, I like to go to church, red, and be involved in my boy's extracurricular activities. |
My name is Nichole Crawford. I am a native of Eatonton Georgia. I graduated from Putnam County High school in 1996. I am also a graduate of the 2010 Putnam Community Leadership class. I have over 17 years’ experience in the Banking and Bookkeeping Field.
I am the mother of 4 amazing children Lawyer, 21, Marcus, 18, Aaliyah, 10 and Maliek, 4. I love to dance, camp and spend time with my family.
My Motto is: SMILE like you’ve never cried, DANCE like no one is watching, LOVE like you’ve never been hurt and LIVE like there’s no tomorrow!!
I, Veronica D. Lawson was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1962. I am the only child born to Dorothy Lawson Melton and Doug Parham. My mother, Dorothy is the second oldest girl of ten children.
I attended Butler Baker Elementary School up to the sixth grade. I left Eatonton in 1974 and moved to Boston with my mother for sixteen years. While there I attended Washington Irving Middle School and graduated from West Roxbury High School in 1981. I received an associate Degree in Science at Roxbury Community College. White attending college I worked at Boston School Committee as file clerk. During that time I also held a dual position as a Secretary to the Superintendent and as the Food Service data operator. I resigned in 1990 and moved back to my home town, Eatonton.
When you enter into Christ you will find that He rally is the help and hope that you need for life and for eternity. I have been employed in the school system 22 years. It is very challenging and rewarding working with the staff and children in the school system. I feel that this school system promotes a high quality education for our children and ensures the implementation of the best possible workplace.
Among my personal goals is to be a lifelong learner and inspire those around me. I aspire to be a good role model and to be well-rounded. My hobby is shopping. My favorite color is blue. My motto is, "It will be alright."
Amy Powers is the school nurse and a BLS Instructor for the Putnam County Elementary School. She graduated from PCHS, Class of 1992. She continued her education at Central Georgia Technical College, where she graduated from the nursing program as a Licensed Practical Nurse, received her Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Health Studies, and completed the Emergency Medical Technician program.
My name is Whitney Smith. I was born and raised in Harlem, Georgia. I attended Georgia College and State University and graduated with a degree in Middle Grades Education. I have a Masters degree in Mathematics. I enjoy sports, shopping and UGA ATHLETICS!!!! I am a head instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association where I teach cheerleading camps and judge competitions. GO DAWGS!!!
I am a native of Eatonton, Georgia. I graduated from Putnam County High School in 1993. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Georgia College & State University. I am also certified in Art Education. I taught fourth grade my first two years. This is my thirteenth year teaching Art. I teach one semester of Art of Putnam County Primary School and one semester at Putnam County Elementary School.
I enjoy arts and crafts, spending time with children, reading, swimming, scrapbooking, and taking pictures.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Phillipians 4:13
My name is Connie Brannon, and I am a native of Putnam County. I attended the University of West Georgia where I earned my Bachelor's, Master's, and Specialist Degree in Special Education. In addition, I hold certifications in Early Childhood Education and Leadership. I served as Teacher of the Year for Putnam County Elementary School and the Putnam County Charter School System 2004-2005. Currently, I am the Due Process Facilitator for PCES. My belief is that one should wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen today.
My name is Megan Atkinson and I am the ESOL teacher, English to Speakers of Other Languages, at PCES. I began my teaching career in South GA teaching kindergarten and have just recently moved to Eatonton to teach ESOL. I have a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. I am married, with two daughters, and we live on Lake Sinclair. I am thrilled to be in Putnam County and we plan to put roots down, so we will be here for years to come!
Linda Walker - Media & Instructional Technology Specialist
Ms. Walker has been the Media Specialist at PCES since 2009. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Library Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University. Ms. Walker enjoys sharing her love of reading by encouraging all PCES students to enrich their lives through good books.
I love to teach music! That is why I have been teaching for 40 years! I have taught at the preschool, primary, elementary, middle, high-school and college levels. One of my passions is musical theatre. I am the musical director for the all-state shows for the state and International Thespian Conferences. I have been on the GMEA committee that rewrote the music standards for the state of Georgia and have been the chairman of the Allstate Chorus Committee. I have been teacher of the year at Court House Elementary School, Shoal Creek Elementary School, Rockdale County Teacher of the Year, Georgia State Finalist TOTY, Atlanta Journal Constitution Honor Teacher, and received Superintendent's Honor teacher awards for 8 years. This is evidence that teaching is my life. I love children of all ages and I love music and most of all I love Putnam County Elementary School!
Amelia McMullen, Counselor at PCES grew up in Early County, Blakely, Georgia. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Minor in Health & Physical Education from Fort Valley State University, a Masters in Education from Georgia College & State University, and a Specialist in Education (Counseling) from Troy State University.
She is married to Ralph McMullen and they are the proud parents of three adult children; Shanavorn, Corey, and Daniel, and one grandson, Tyler Ryan McMullen.
She enjoys working with young people and believes it is her calling in life and considers it an honor to mentor the youth by setting strong moral and ethical standards for them. Her motto is simple, “Treat People the Way you want to be treated.”
She has a passion for flea markets and yard sales. She also loves singing in the choir and cooking special dishes for her students. Her favorite book is the Bible; For the past 14 years, she has been a part of an early morning prayer group organized in 2000 at the elementary school; Recently named, “The Salt and Pepper Prayer Group”. The group meets each morning at 6:45 – 7:00 am for inspirational reading and corporate prayer.
She retired from full time service in 2010 with 38 years in education. Currently, she is a part-time Counselor at Putnam County Elementary School.
Cathy Tuel was born and raised in New Jersey! She is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and has been teaching Health and Physical Education to students in Putnam County for a "few" years! She married and has 6 children and 5 grandchildren. Her favorite hobby is embroidery and her favorite pastime is cruising Lake Oconee! At school, Coach Tuel is the advisor for Safety Patrol, Chess Club, Speed Stacking Club and Archery Club. Her favorite motto is: “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” Bill Wilson
Anna Tankard is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia with an AB in Linguistics and a minor in Spanish. She received her Master’s degree in World Language Education from UGA as well. She has a passion for languages and teaching those languages to others. She has visited a total of seven countries around the world and is always looking to add more to her list!